Gemma may refer to:

In science:
  • Gemma (botany)
    Gemma (botany)
    A gemma is a single cell, or a mass of cells, or a modified bud of tissue, that detaches from the parent and develops into a new individual. This type of asexual reproduction is referred to as fragmentation. It is a means of asexual propagation in plants...

    , an asexual reproductive structure in plants and fungi
  • (Gemma), a genus of clam in the family Veneridae
    The Veneridae or venerids, also known as the Venus clams, are a very large family of minute to large, saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs. There are over 500 living species of venerid bivalves, most of which are edible, and many of which are exploited as a food source.Many of the most...

    ; see amethyst gem clam
    Amethyst gem clam
    The amethyst gem clam, Gemma gemma, is a small species of marine bivalve mollusk. It is a member of the family Veneridae, the Venus clams.It is one of the smaller species of marine clam, reaching a length of only 5 mm...

  • Gemma (star), the traditional name for the binary star Alpha Coronae Borealis in the constellation of Corona Borealis


A given female name meaning "jewel" or "precious stone" which peaked in popularity in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 during the 1980s. It was the third most popular female name in 1984, but had fallen out of the top 10 within a decade and by 2003 it wasn't even in the top 100.

Notable people with the name Gemma include -
  • Gemma Arterton
    Gemma Arterton
    Gemma Arterton is an English actress. She played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and starred in the feature films St Trinian's, the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Tamara...

     (born 1986), English actress
  • Gemma Atkinson
    Gemma Atkinson
    Gemma Louise Atkinson is an English actress, television personality and glamour and lingerie model.-Personal life:...

    , English actress and model
  • Gemma Beadsworth
    Gemma Beadsworth
    Gemma Beadsworth is an Australian water polo centre forward, who joined the women's national team in 2005...

    , Australian water polo player
  • Gemma Bissix
    Gemma Bissix
    Gemma Bissix is an English actress. She has been acting since the age of 9. Her most prominent roles have been in soap operas, as Clare Bates in EastEnders and Clare Devine in Hollyoaks ; she was awarded with two British Soap Awards for the latter role...

    , English actress
  • Gemma Bond
    Gemma Bond
    Gemma Bond is an English ballet dancer and member of the corps de ballet with American Ballet Theatre .-Biography:Bond was born in Bedfordshire, England. She received her early training in dance at the Sylvia Bebb School of Dance in Bedford, before entering professional training at the Royal...

    , American ballet dancer
  • Gemma Craven
    Gemma Craven
    Gemma Craven is an award-winning Irish actress.She is possibly best known for her role in the Irish TV drama The Clinic as Dr...

    , Irish actress
  • Gemma di Manetto Donati, the wife of Dante Alighieri
    Dante Alighieri
    Durante degli Alighieri, mononymously referred to as Dante , was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia ...

  • Gemma Doyle (politician)
    Gemma Doyle (politician)
    Gemma Doyle is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire since 2010...

    , British Labour Party politician
  • Gemma Frisius
    Gemma Frisius
    Gemma Frisius , was a physician, mathematician, cartographer, philosopher, and instrument maker...

     (1508–1555), Frisian mathematician, cartographer and instrument maker
  • Gemma Galgani
    Gemma Galgani
    Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani was an Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940...

     (1878–1903), Italian mystic with signs of stigmata, venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as a saint
  • Gemma Hayes
    Gemma Hayes
    Gemma Claire Hayes is an Irish singer-songwriter and member of The Cake Sale.-Early life:...

    , Irish singer-songwriter
  • Gemma Jones
    Gemma Jones
    Gemma Jones is an English character actress on both stage and screen.-Early life:Jones was born in London, England, the daughter of Irene and Griffith Jones, an actor. Her brother, Nicholas Jones, is also an actor...

    , English actress
  • Gemma Sanderson
    Gemma Sanderson
    Gemma Sanderson is an Australian model, best known for winning the first cycle of the reality television show Australia's Next Top Model.-Early career:...

    , Australian model and the winner of Australia's Next Top Model, Cycle 1
  • Gemma Ward
    Gemma Ward
    Gemma Louise Ward is an Australian fashion model turned actress.-Early life:Gemma Ward was born on 3 November 1987 in Perth, Western Australia, the second of four children of Gary Ward, a doctor, and Claire, a nurse. She has an older sister, Sophie , and younger twin brothers, Oscar and Henry...

    , Australian model
  • Giuliano Gemma
    Giuliano Gemma
    -Biography:Born in Rome, Gemma first worked as a stuntman, then was offered real acting parts by director Duccio Tessari, starting with the film Arrivano i titani . He also made an appearance in Luchino Visconti's Il Gattopardo as Garibaldi's General...

     (born 1938), Italian actor, also known from several Spaghetti Westerns as Montgomery Wood

In fiction:
  • The name of one of the characters in the children's Hospital Radio series "The Space Gypsy Adventures
    The Space Gypsy Adventures
    The Space Gypsy Adventures are a set of sci-fi comedy stories created by Cumbrian broadcaster and cartoonist Terry Askew. They were first broadcast on British Hospital Radio in 1986 and featured as a cartoon strip in The West Cumberland Times and Star newspaper in 1987...

    ", narrated by John Leeson
  • The title character of a four volume series in the genre of children's literature written by Noel Streatfeild
    Noel Streatfeild
    Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE , known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author, most famous for her children's books including Ballet Shoes . Several of her novels have been adapted for film or television.-Biography:...

  • Gemma of Syr, Princess of Ossetia, is a fictional character in Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince series
  • Gemma Doyle, heroine of Libba Bray's novels A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing, see List of Gemma Doyle Trilogy characters
  • Gemma, (gemmers19), a fictional girl in the lonelygirl15
    lonelygirl15 was an interactive web-based video series which began in June 2006 and ran through to August 1, 2008. Developed under the working title The Children of Anchor Cove, the show gained worldwide media attention when it was outed as fictional in September 2006.-Overview:lonelygirl15...

  • Gemma, first series of the Sky One supernatural Television series Hex
    Hex (TV series)
    Hex is a British television programme developed by Shine Limited and aired on the Sky One satellite channel. The story is about a remote English country school that becomes the battleground between a demonic entity and the witches who oppose it...

    in the United Kingdom
  • In the Dragonriders of Pern
    Dragonriders of Pern
    Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series written primarily by the late American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who initiated it in 1967. Beginning 2003, her middle child Todd McCaffrey has written Pern novels, both solo and jointly with Anne. The series comprises 22 novels and several short...

    series by Anne McCaffrey, the book Dragonflight features Lady Gemma, the main wife of the main character's enemy, Lord Fax; she bears the next lord of Ruatha hold
  • Gemma Teller Morrow
    Gemma Teller Morrow
    Gemma Teller Morrow is a fictional character on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, played by Katey Sagal. Gemma is the wife of Clay Morrow, widow of John Teller, and mother of Jax Teller...

    , a character in "Sons of Anarchy
    Sons of Anarchy
    Sons of Anarchy is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in Northern California...

  • Gemma Warren, heroine of The Gadfly
    The Gadfly
    The Gadfly is a novel by Ethel Lilian Voynich, published in 1897 , set in 1840s Italy under the dominance of Austria, a time of tumultuous revolt and uprisings. The story centers on the life of the protagonist, Arthur Burton, as a member of the Youth movement, and his antagonist, Padre Montanelli...

  • Gemma, the Silver Ranger in the television show Power Rangers: RPM
    Power Rangers: RPM
    Power Rangers RPM is the seventeenth installment in the American children's television series Power Rangers. As with all previous Power Rangers series, RPM uses footage, costumes, and other props from the Super Sentai Series, in this case, from Engine Sentai Go-onger...

  • Losing Gemma
    Losing Gemma
    Losing Gemma is a two part British television drama based on the debut novel by Katy Gardner. The series was written by Robert Murphy, was directed by Maurice Phillips and starred Jonas Armstrong, Alice Eve, Jason Flemyng and Rachel Leskovac...

    , a 2006 UK television drama based on a novel by Katy Gardner

  • Gemma (organization), an English organization for disabled lesbians

  • Gemma is Arabic for Friday, the holy day of the week in Islam

Ships, a Dutch coastal tanker lost in 1951., a German cargo ship in service during 1928
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